Chef Todd Johnson of Rumrunners is one of the local celebrity chefs whose food will be featured at the event. “The Heights Culinary Center will help under-employed adults gain the skills and experience needed to meet their life goals,” said Johnson. “We are excited to partner with The Heights Center to bring this program to life. The event will be super-casual with great food a lot of fun.” Chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire, Chef Marbin Avilez of Firestone and Chef Melissa Talmage of Sweet Melissa’s will also be on hand to provide guests with their specially-prepared tastings.
All proceeds benefit the Heights Center, a place for education, opportunity, and enrichment. The Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.
Reserve tickets online by September 30 at www.heightsfoundation.org. For more information call (239) 482-7706 or visit www.heightsfoundation.org
About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. We work to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts. The Heights Culinary Center will be a commercial teaching kitchen, located within The Heights Center, a 14,000 square-foot facility in the Harlem Heights community. The Heights Culinary Center will provide family self-sufficiency and development through workforce training, entrepreneurship, and community feeding programs.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 1,200 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 55% Hispanic, 36% African-American, and 9% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.